On 19 August the World wide commemorates people who lost their lives working for humanitarian issues.
On the occasion of this day, Mr. Karamaga Apollinaire, Rwanda Red Cross Secretary General said “Humanitarian activities are Red Cross concern. We intervene rescuing people affected by disasters or armed conflicts. Our volunteers and staff in such difficult situations struggle to find basic needs: water, food, shelter etc. 19 August is a day of commemorating those who lost their lives when they were in humanitarian service.
As Rwanda Red Cross is concerned, we are not spared. With the World Humanitarian Day, we remember one driver and two volunteers killed when they were in intervention during the period of attacks of infiltrates in 1997.
When we remember these volunteers and staff, we call everyone to respect Red Cross emblem. This is used to protect people who are in intervention helping affected people. It is very important to respect them because they work for humanitarian causes”.
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to honor aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.